True, it's possible that some Scouters in Cubs could be recognized (and should be) for the Awards represented by the knots mentioned. I only know a few people with the right opportunity to have done so, but when I see the knots I simply recognize their importance to the whole Scouting program. Some Scouters more in the Boy Scout area of operations, will have these same knots, because they did the deed and are still there for the kids. Some of us never even put in for some "earned" recognitions. Today I'm more aware of what all Recognitions are possible, and have become more interested in making sure I document what/where I was, and that's okay 'cause I'm still working with Units (and always hope to be involved).
If a Cubmaster is not keeping up with one's attendance at these important Activities, then the individual Scouter or someone should. Roundtables and Pow Wows are examples of where one learns how to keep their home Unit alive and well. It's understandable that most Scouters are involved for their kid(s) alone and that's commendable. But for a Unit to survive and help others, it must survive and help others.....a "loop" of a different color, haha.We all see wonderful and dedicated Scouters, with an interest in the Program's objectives. We also see Leaders that miss some of the point, if they don't recognize a Scouter. Packs usually seem better about recognizing Leaders for their service, and others for their contributions. Even the District level people and the Professionals know how important it is to recognize the people doing the work. In the big picture (IMHO) it matters little if some Scouters like their knots or think of having more....if they are contributing to the Programs, getting others involved, and helping Youth reach their potential for surviving what's ahead (scary huh!), then pat 'em on the back.
And there are several knots a Youth can carryover to the Adult world, if they qualify. And if they continue their service....perhaps it's because they had a trained Leader in their past. So properly feed and care for all of us giving our "hour a week".